Bhastrika Pranayama or “bellows breath” is a traditional breathing exercise in yoga that helps to increase Prana or life force. It’s often used to energize the body and clear the mind.
How to practice:
-Sit on comfortably on cushion with tall spine.
-The bellows breath is a forceful inhale and a forceful exhale with pumping of the arms. Inhale to reach the arms over head. Exhale to strongly draw the elbows to the side ribs.
-Feel the contraction happen in belly/diaphram. Keep your head, neck, shoulders, spine, and chest stable while your belly moves in and out.
-The face stays relaxed.
When to practice:
-First thing in the morning
-When you’re feeling foggy
-Uncontrolled high blood pressure
*It's not recommended doing bhastrika within an hour after eating